Michael

Michael

I am a type 1 diabetic. I used be in and have worked for nationally touring Reggae bands. I’ve played several different sports such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, water polo and swim. I like to be adventurous and explore the outdoors like the beach,camping and fishing things of that nature. I want to inspire others and help people.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
I was taking an injection at work and someone who saw me phoned the police saying that I was doing drugs…

How do you inspire others?
We can’t make excuses. It can be hard and overwhelming dealing with diabetes but there are many ways we can choose to live healthy and prosper with this disease. We must fight on! I aspire to be a nutritionist and or dietitian specializing in working with juvenile diabetics to set them up for success with diabetes.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
For so long I was stubborn lazy and didn’t take it very serious. Many ups and downs, I was making it harder on myself by not managing my health the way I needed to. Educating myself and getting back to exercising and eating healthy has made me not only physically better but mentally stronger as well! Support is very key, I felt alone forever by not asking for help or seeking guidance.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Luckily I am older and wiser I’d like to think. I still have much to learn but I feel like I am headed in the right direction. I used to hate diabetes and blame everything that went wrong because of it. That is no way to successfully live with this disease. You have to embrace it and work hard to live healthy. It will always be a battle but with a positive mind a good plan and a strong support system I feel like it is very manageable to live with. Once I accepted the fact that I make the choices of how to live and carry on with diabetes it was like all the weight was lifted off of my shoulders.


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